speak too soon

speak too soon

To say something that is soon negated or contradicted. This phrase is usually used in the past tense, as the negating factor has already happened. A: "Who's screaming at each other upstairs?" B: "Well, I thought we'd get through a normal family dinner, but I guess I spoke too soon!" A: "I think we'll soon be in the clear." B: "Don't speak too soon—we're not out of this yet."
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speak too soon

Assume something prematurely, as in I guess I spoke too soon about moving to Boston; I didn't get the job after all.
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speak too ˈsoon

say something, and find afterwards that what you said is not true: ‘I’m glad Simon didn’t come.’ ‘You spoke too soon. Here he comes now.’
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Never speak too soon my mama taught me but I couldn't help it.
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We are still finalizing things, so I do not want to speak too soon," said Dr.
I don't want to speak too soon because of what's happened before," she said, "but he has come out of the race okay and is bouncing in himself, absolutely buzzing really.
I don't want to speak too soon, but you can see we're at the start of something and, hopefully, there'll be bigger rewards than what we've had in the past.
A friend added: "Jessie doesn't want to speak too soon because she has been hurt in the past.
Don't speak too soon but Micky Adams, aided by brand spanking new stadium, appears to have resuscitated the beggars.
Forgive me if I speak too soon, we have after all, seen a snowy start to March.
Let's not speak too soon, but discipline in the league has never been better.